About Us

 
 
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The Team

The English Contractor is one of the largest contracting and remodeling companies in the Cincinnati area. Meet Craig Russell and his award-winning team of skilled building professionals, your guides as you transform your house into a home. Don't you dare call them general contractors, either. The in-house team includes the full range of home building and renovation crafts, all focused on completing your project to our impossibly high standards of workmanship and style, on time and on budget. Our specialties include luxury home improvement projects from kitchen and bathroom renovations, basement refinishing, outdoor rooms, home additions, and complete remodels. We’re your partners throughout the process, with your vision as our blueprint and your satisfaction as our goal. Meet us and let's get started. 

 
 
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Cincinnati-based, but decidedly English, Craig Russell is the powerhouse behind The English Contractor & Remodeling Services. He’s earned his "bulldog" nickname through his tenacity and strength. Passionate and decisive (what he describes as stubbornness, you’ll see as perseverance), with a stick-to-it-tiveness that maintains high standards for workmanship and detail throughout your project. There’s a reason why a significant percentage of our projects are from repeat customers. Craig leads a team of 36 professionals, with a good sense of humor and an eye for perfection, every step of the way. 

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Calm and collected, Lynn keeps the home fires burning once the iconic English Contractor trucks have been deployed. A true chief-of-staff, nothing happens under our roof--or under yours--that she doesn't know about. She'll be involved in your project from start to finish. A mathematician by training, with an artistic eye for photography, Lynn makes sure the numbers add up and the final walk-through lines up to your satisfaction, and our exacting standards. 

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When you're sitting back in your newly renovated home with a glass of wine, be sure to toast Jennifer. She's the driving force who made your project run like clockwork. Always professional, with an eye for detail, she treats your home like her own. As a Project Director, Jennifer will be in touch with you on a daily basis, keeping you updated and the project moving. How does she know the process so well? She's a client-turned-employee. Jennifer joined The English Contractor after hiring us to renovate her kitchen. It's a match made in heaven.

 
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Jason Raines

You might think that no one likes a know-it-all, but once you meet Jason on your job site, you'll change your mind. 20 plus years of experience have helped Jason develop an encyclopedic knowledge of building materials and lead times. A consummate problem solver, he's a bridge between our office and the field, making sure the i's are dotted and t's are crossed every step of the way. 

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Kayla Closson

You might not think that remodeling and walking down the aisle have much in common, but we know that they do. Kayla proved her organizational prowess  on the high-pressure front lines of wedding planning. Unflappable, Kayla is known for her meticulous attention-to-detail and innate sense of style. She joined The English Contractor team after coaching UC Women's Rugby with Craig and brings her leadership and people skills from the pitch to our team.

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Daryl Ackley

With the remarkable ability to visualize a project in multiple dimensions, Daryl solves problems before most even know they could even be a possibility. Daryl's built much more than new additions and homes with The English Contractor. He's been a part of our team since the beginning and has been a mainstay of building our business. 

 
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Rick Davis

There's skill and experience that comes with time--and then there's just pure talent. His acumen shows with his team leadership and fine eye for detail. Rick knows home building and remodeling inside and out. We've yet to find a problem that Rick can't solve or a skill he can't master. One part skilled craftsman and one part teacher, Rick maintains a kind yet firm and steady presence on the job site where he is a mentor to many of our younger apprentices.

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Jeremy Spence

There are many parts and pieces to home remodeling. That's why when we find a skilled craftsman with a wide-range of abilities, we make him part of our team. Meet Jeremy. A gregarious guy with a sense of humor as large as he is, you'll probably hear his laugh before you see him when he's on the job.

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Jesse Morgan

There's nothing like an old friend--especially one who is talented and loyal like Jesse. He's been a member of The English Contractor since our early days of business and has been pivotal in creating the organization we are today. He's unmatched in his attention to detail, particularly when it comes to laying tile. In fact, we say he's the best there is. That's why we have him on our team and why you'll want him on your project.


 

Our Process 

You Talk. We Listen.

 

We could talk about home renovation and building all day long. But when it comes to your home, it’s time for us to listen. We’ll want to hear all about your hopes for your new space—whether it’s for a small kitchen renovation or building your dream home. It’s about more than design, budget, and timeline. We take the time to get to know you and what you really want, down to the tiniest detail. 

Of course, we have to mention that we play nicely with others. Plans in hand and ready to build a new home addition? Need a little guidance in your kitchen renovation process? Looking for décor advice for your bathroom makeover? We’ll meet you where you are. We can fit right in with your existing architecture or design teams, plus we’re happy to make a recommendation or two if you’re just starting the process. 

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Full Service, At Your Service.

We're a full service team, at your service. With a stickler for detail at our helm, there’s no wonder that we’re a team dedicated to your satisfaction, from demolition to the final touches. That’s why The English Contractor's in-house team includes electricians, plumbers, cabinet makers, and painters, making us one of the largest home contractors in Cincinnati. While there’s nothing wrong with calling in a subcontractor every now and again, we’re able to focus on your building or renovation project, meet your budget, and exceed your expectations because of our full-service, full-time offering—from beginning to end. 

We pair personal attention with around-the-clock collaboration. Sure, there’s an app for that. We offer a smartphone app that will keep us all on the same page from start to finish of your home building or renovation project. As much as automation keeps us all connected, it’s the personal touch that makes all the difference. You will receive assistance from your dedicated project manager every step of the way, so you’ll breathe easy through the biggest of construction projects. Our careful listening leads to precision building—that’s our commitment to you. 

Creativity & Craftsmanship.

It’s not just skill. It’s more than just attention to detail. It’s looking at the uniqueness of every project and coming up with the best approach as an entire team—with the homeowner’s vision as our guide. Some projects are straightforward, while others need a little creative problem solving. Precision and craftsmanship meet function and style as we help turn your home into one of your dreams.

Some call it swinging a hammer. But we know there's more to it than that. What you might call a trade, we call an art form. And it shows in our final product. Our skill has been showcased in some of Cincinnati's most beautiful homes. We continue to hone our skill by keeping up with the latest trends and mastering new techniques and materials so that our final product is always state-of-the-art, from the studs to the custom touches. 


 
 

What people are saying!

We hired Craig and the English Contractor Team to complete a major renovation and addition on our home in Hyde Park. The entire Team was polite and very professional. The work was completed ahead of schedule (originally a 7-8 month project) and the quality was first class. After working with the English Contractor, I won’t have anyone else work on my house in the future.
— Bryan Schapman
 
 
This is our second project with The English Contractor. Having refinished our hardwood floors several years ago, I contacted him to build a large, elevated deck behind the house designed to support a Spa. Craig provided many ideas during the planning of the project to achieve a final deck that exceeded our expectations. His team is professional, take pride in their work and they deliver high quality workmanship. I highly recommend The English Contractor for your next project.
— Bob Hosfeld